The leaders of every religion throughout history have preached that everyone must believe as they do, or face God’s wrath. Since God was never handy to execute this “wrath,” they took it upon themselves to invoke it. Hence, we had crusades, burnings at the stake, torture, and the like. These religions were never corrected from outside. They had to reform from inside. So now we have more Christian sects than we can count, and most are quite peaceful.
Today, the Muslim religion is going through this process. It won’t be fixed by outside force. We can’t go to mostly Muslim countries and make them into modern democracies. However, we can spend huge amounts of our resources, and thousands of our soldiers’ lives and bodies, in vain attempts to do it. We have our own sources of energy, oil, gas, wind, and solar. We don’t benefit at all from these attempts, unless you consider the benefits of war to business.
The argument that, “We should fight them there, rather than here,” is absurd. With all our might, we have never been able to take over, and run, a country thousands of miles away. We are not going to be conquered from another hemisphere. There is no reason for American troops to be sent to the Mideast to be wounded and/or die. We should get out, and spend our wealth and labor on truly defending our country at home, and on fixing things that need fixing here.